Train Kiln Firing

Train Kiln Firing

Instructor: Ben Roti & Dexter Woods
November 16 – 18, 2018
Unloading December 1, 2018
$256 (Member)
$285  (Non-Member)

In this weekend firing, students will fire the Reitz Ranch train kiln. Participants need to bring  up to 6cu ft of bisqued pots for the kiln firing. We will then prepare wares for the wood kiln. You will slip, glaze, wad, and assist with the kiln loading beginning at 8:00a.m. on the 16th.  Each person will have the opportunity to work a 4-6 hour shift during the firing, and we’ll wrap up the kiln on Sunday the 18th. We’ll unload the kiln on December 1st at 10:00 a.m. 

Discussions include clay bodies, types of wood, the challenges, cleaning pots, and the how’s, what’s and why’s of wood firing. No prior wood firing experience necessary. Open to all skill levels.

For people interested in having work fired but are not taking the class, for $50 you can fire as many pieces in the train as you can fit into a 22″x16″x12″ container. (limit 1 per person)

(Current members receive a 10% discount on all classes and workshops)

Some tips and what to bring...
  • For firing, clothing should be of natural fibers (cotton, wool,) with long sleeves if you’re working the kiln
  • Leave jewelry at home, especially rings, bracelets or watches
  • If your hair is long, bring a tie-back
  • Curiosity and a sense of humor!
About Ben Roti

Ben Roti is a ceramic artist originally from Spirit Lake, IA. He attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA, from 2006 to 2010 and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics. During college, Ben’s ceramic work concentrated on the elements of world conflict culminating in his BFA show, “The Cost of War.” After finishing his BFA, Ben accepted a position as a studio assistant to the ceramic artist, Don Reitz in Clarkdale, Arizona.

Over several years (2010-2014), Ben had the opportunity to work with Don Reitz in the studio, assist with workshops in Montana and Florida, and was instrumental in the installations of gallery shows in Chicago, Denver, and Kansas City. At the Reitz Ranch, Ben furthered his knowledge in atmospheric firing with wood and salt types as well as a soda kiln in St. Petersburg, FL. He also was a part of constructing and repairing kilns.

Since leaving the Reitz Ranch, Ben has returned to creating functional works using low-fire earthenware clay and has begun to develop a new body of work. Using reductive techniques, through sandblasting, Ben is able to build variations and create layers, which are inspired by the results that are commonly seen in atmospheric firing.

Ben currently resides in Cottonwood, Arizona, with his wife, Kami and son, Leo.

Ben worked with the renowned Don Reitz and is currently part of the team building an arts program at the Reitz Ranch including workshops and classes.


If you’re having troubles registering please call 602-882-8553.  Reception can be spotty out here at the ranch, so be sure to leave a message if you don’t get an answer. You can text to that number as well or fill out the form below.


Details Price Qty
Train Kiln Firing (Members)show details + $246 (USD)   Expired
Train Kiln Firing (Nonmembers)show details + $285 (USD)   Expired

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